Seymour sneaks by Salem


Dylan Dunn

Jack VonDielingen and Bret Perry gather before their at-bats.

Dylan Dunn, Staff Writer

As the wind continued hitting American Legion Field on April 7th, Seymour baseball kicked off their fifth game of the season. After a hard-fought battle, the Owls claimed their win over Salem 10-7.

Charlie Longmeier started on the mound for the Owls. He allowed three hits, two runs, four strikeouts, and six walks. Skyler Cockerham came in at the 4th inning, allowing three hits, four runs, with four strikeouts, and six walks. Jack VonDielingen finishes the game with no hits allowed, one run, two strikeouts, and two walks.

Hitting on the other side was decent. Seymour finished with 10 hits. Brett Perry, the Player of the Game for Seymour, went 3-3 with two singles, a double, and he was hit by a pitch. Others picking up hits were Cockerham, Longmeier, VonDielingen, Treyton McCormick, and Braden Richey.

The game itself was hard fought the entire way. Seymour scored four and then Salem fired back in a couple innings. Seymour took an early 7-1 lead after the first three innings, that’s when Salem picked up the pace. In the back half of the game, Seymour was outscored 6-3.

The sixth inning was absolutely the biggest for the Owls. Richey, who was hitting 0-3 before this at bat, saw his pitch and drove it right over the shortstop’s head to drive in two insurance runs. Jeremy Richey, Owls’ head coach, said, “that was a big hit for us… but that’s a big hit in that situation because it allowed Jack to go out there and relax and throw strikes.”

A big factor they had to work on was “[keeping] their confidence up.” The pitchers threw the same number of walks as they did strikeouts. If they were to bring that walk number down, they could be a team to watch out for. Especially after the two big wins they had over New Albany the following day.